Cognitive decline and hearing loss: what is the connection?

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By Robin Robinson l Hearing Solutions Audiology Center

Did you know there is a relationship between untreated hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline? It’s true. Tracking your hearing health is just as important as tracking your physical health, your vision, your dental health – in fact, your overall health. Here’s why good hearing is linked to good thinking.

A Johns Hopkins study found the link between hearing loss and cognitive decline after following nearly 640 adults over 12 years. What the researchers found was surprising:

  • Mild hearing loss doubles the risk of dementia.
  • Moderate hearing loss triples that risk.
  • Severe hearing loss quintupled it.

There is currently no cure for dementia, nor any way to reverse the disease. It is important to note, however, that hearing loss does not cause dementia in a person, but it does increase the risk.

The Johns Hopkins report also stated: “Although nearly 27 million Americans aged 50 and over suffer from hearing loss, only one in seven uses a hearing aid.” So if you haven’t had a hearing test recently, now is the time to consider one.

Better hearing health equals a better quality of life. Undiagnosed or untreated hearing loss doesn’t just affect a person physically. It can affect his whole well-being. Studies show that people with untreated hearing loss have an increased risk of depression, anxiety and a reduced quality of life. They may also isolate themselves from others, as they may have difficulty initiating conversations or hearing in a noisy environment. This is also true for children – undiagnosed hearing loss can lead to problems with language development, academic achievement and social skills. Remember that hearing health is for everyone at any age.

Studies also show that hearing aids contribute to and improve health-related quality of life. And, with the incredible variety of hearing aids available to consumers today, there is help for every type of hearing loss, so don’t delay in taking care of your hearing health!

We like to say “hearing care is health care” because we really believe in it. That’s why Hearing Solutions Audiology Center offers Oticon BrainHearing technology. BrainHearing technology is designed to support the brain’s essential role in understanding sound. What does this mean for you? When sound enters your ears and enters your brain, if you can’t really understand those sounds, you have a hard time concentrating. You are tired. You start forgetting things. Does this all sound familiar? If so, we have solutions.

With hearing aids with BrainHearing technology, you get the sound information your brain needs. Oticon’s hearing aid solutions help your brain work as intended – with access to speech and sound.

Find out how Oticon More can improve your hearing and your life. Call Hearing Solutions for an appointment today at 410-672-1244 or go online to www.hearsolutions.com.

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